Ends the XIII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà"


With the delivery of diplomas to the students, chaired by the Rector of the UIMP, he finished the school of this year.

Every year in June, was held at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, headquarters of the summer courses of the International University Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), the XIII International School of Astrobiology "Josep Comas i Solà" dedicated this year to theme "The origin of life. From monomers to cells" organized jointly by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) and the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).

After five intense days of presentations at a high level, on Friday it has completed the school of this year that has had the participation of about 40 international students who have actively participated in the discussions and have helped again this School it is a success. The speeches have also contributed to a climate of scientific debate and have provided the most complete and advanced vision of how life originated on Earth.

Besides the presentations, during the week that lasted School has been different activities such as a trip to watch the KT boundary, a public conference or marine observation session.

In the closing ceremony, presided over by César Nombela Cano, rector of the UIMP, the directors of the School, Javier Gómez-Elvira, by the CAB, and Victoria Meadox by the NAI, have delivered the diplomas to the students.

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Presentations, public conference, presentations of scientific projects by students and the closing ceremony are available for download.


Welcome and introduction, 29-06-2015 10:00 h
  Javier Gómez-Elvira (Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA)
  Victoria Meadows (University of Washington)

Meteorites, comets and the origin of life, 29-06-2015 11:30 h
  George Cody (Carnegie Institution of Washington)

Origin of life: physical, geological and chemical characteristics, 29-06-2015 15:30 h
  John Baross (Washington University)

Prebiotic chemistry on the primitive Earth, 30-06-2015 10:00 h
  George Cody (Carnegie Institution of Washington)

From amphiphile molecules to replicating vesicles, 30-06-2015 12:00 h
  Pierre-Alain Monnard (University of Southern Denmark)

The evolution of metabolic pathways, 30-06-2015 15:30 h
  Juli Peret (Univerity of Valencia)

Origin and evolution of the RNA world, 01-07-2015 10:00 h
  Pierre-Alain Monnard (University of Southern Denmark)

Minimal genomes and the Last Universal Common Ancestor, 01-07-2015 12:00 h
  Juli Peret (Univerity of Valencia)

SEA OBSERVATION, 01-07-2015 15:30 h

K-T BOUNDARY OBSERVATION, 02-07-2015 10:00 h

PUBLIC LECTURE: En busca de los orígenes de la vida, 02-07-2015 19:00 h
  Carlos Briones (Centro de Astrobiologa, CSIC-INTA)

Origin of life environments, biochemical and microbial characteristics, 03-07-2015 10:00 h
  John Baross (Washington University)

Working groups discussion, 03-07-2015 12:00 h

Synthesis, diplomas and fairwell, 03-07-2015 13:15 h
  César Nombela (Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo)
  Javier Gómez-Elvira (Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA)
  Victoria Meadows (University of Washington)

Professors and students

Magdalena Palace


Olga Prieto Ballesteros, Jefa del Departamento de Planetología y Habitabilidad, Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)

Luis Cuesta Crespo, Jefe de la Unidad de Cultura Científica, Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)

Unidad de Cultura Científica del CAB


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2015-07-03


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